Three days of schools. Cathedral, St Josephís Primary, Government Model Secondary School and Albert Academy to be precise. And Iíve still got three more to visit, the mayor to meet, a football tournament to try to set up and letter to drop off at Vine Memorial.

Three days of sweating my way around Freetown.

But three days too of fascinating insights into the amazing complexities and inconsistencies of education in Sierra Leone.

Itís a miracle that there are schools at all when you see what staff have to cope with. Low wages, poor facilities, cramped conditions, broken furniture, crumbling, leaky, tropical buildings, few books, no electricity.

You also catch a glimpse of the harsh discipline that is a characteristic not only of schools, but of life the brutality of life here in so many ways.